Our laziness meant that whenever the weekend rolled around, or people came over unexpectedly, we were running around like chickens with our heards cut off trying to clean as fast as we could. We needed to keep things in better shape consistently, so the cleaning and tidying were less time-consuming in the long run.
I found this article (below) at Real Simple magazine's website - and although it may seem self-explanatory - I found it really helpful. I like to have a plan, goals, and a deadline, and this article fit my personality. So we based our approach on the Real Simple article, and assigned ourselves both everyday tasks (keeping the dishes out of the sink!!) and a larger cleaning chore for each day (dusting, etc.) It's working out well so far. If you have any housekeeping secrets of your own - please share! Here's to a consistently clean and tidy home in 2009!
The Keep-It-Clean Plan
With a plan of attack, you can maintain a sparkling house in just 19 minutes a day
These room-by-room to-do lists will help you get the work done quickly so you can put your feet up sooner rather than later.